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Weekly Mill Capacity Utilization Tops 81 Percent

Written by Tim Triplett

Raw steel output by U.S. mills increased slightly in the week ending Nov. 16, taking the average mill utilization up to 81.1 percent from 80.5 percent the week before. Production totaled 1,876,000 net tons last week, up 0.8 percent from the previous week but down 1.4 percent compared with the same week last year, reported the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Adjusted year-to-date production through Nov. 16 totaled 85,337,000 net tons for the year at an average mill utilization of 80.3 percent–up 2.3 percent from 2018 when the year-to-date utilization rate was 78.1 percent.

Following is production by district for the Nov. 16 week: North East: 206,000 net tons; Great Lakes, 650,000 net tons; Midwest, 180,000 net tons; South, 763,000 net tons; and West, 77,000 net tons, for a total of 1,876,000 tons. Production for the week decreased in the Northeast and Great Lakes, but increased in the Midwest, South and West.

The raw steel production tonnage provided in this report is estimated. The figures are compiled from weekly production tonnage from 50 percent of the domestic producers combined with monthly production data for the remainder. Therefore, this report should be used primarily to assess production trends. The AISI monthly production report provides a more detailed summary of steel production based on data supplied by companies representing 75 percent of U.S. production capacity.

Note, capability for fourth-quarter 2019 is approximately 30.4 million tons, compared to 30.8 million tons for the same period last year and 30.6 million tons for third-quarter 2019. Year-to-date totals are adjusted for consistency with monthly data.

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